From Little League World Series to Pit Spitter: Hudson Byorick Talks About Unique Experience
TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City Pit Spitters are hitting their stride at the ride time as the conclusion of the first half of their inaugural season nears.
Winners of their last nine, the Pit Spitters (21-13) currently hold a two-game lead over the Rockford Rivets (19-15) for the top spot in the Great Lakes East division with two games remaining. Traverse City can clinch the division and a playoff spot with a win over the Battle Creek Bombers on Monday.
Outfielder Hudson Byorick has been a big part of the team’s success in its first season. The Wofford College rising senior ranks in the top five in multiple Pit Spitter hitting categories.
Before Byorick took to the high school and college diamonds, he was leading Team Northwest (Washington) to a third-place finish at the 2010 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
“I guess the most memorable thing for me outside of baseball is everyone recognizes you,” Byorick said. “We would leave and it was probably like a five minute walk down to the field. I just wanted to go watch a game. I went to go get cotton candy one day and it took me 45 minutes to get down there just because everyone was stopping me and asking for autographs and questions. It was cool.”
Traverse City concludes a two-game road series with Battle Creek at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.